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the progressive promise of america, expanding its greatness to all of us. it was the dream of dr. martin luther king. and late this afternoon, president obama paused before the bust of martin luther king in the capital rotunda. a historic president paying tribute to the man who made that history possible. 50 years after the march on washington, 150 years after the emancipation proclamatioproclam president obama begins his second term, recommitting the nation to our founding ideas with liberty and justice for all. >>> joining me now is former congressman barney frank, democrat from massachusetts and melissa harris perry, host of "the melissa harris perry show" here on msnbc. >>> chairman frank, i mean, this was an amazing day. and the inaugural parade is still going on. the president is watching from his viewing stand. and when you look at his speech today, i sat there and listened. a lot of people were surprised at how he took on some issues and really raised a new page in american history in terms of where he felt the future of this country should go, chairman frank? >> i think it was an entir
luther king and, therefore, really celebrating the work of martin luther king, jr. i just want to remind people that he wrote the text after the passage of the '64 civil rights act. the two acts that we think within the civil rights agenda, at that moment, king, himself, only felt that he was half there. maybe a third of the way to wra wra wards the goal. >> there's no question about that, e.j. but when you look at the fact that there was record numbers of turn outs of voters. the people got it. a lot of people had been out cast. and a lot of people that never had any concrete addressing of their needs. when you deal with unploimt insurance and you deal with pell grants. these are both on the right and the left. but it meant a lot to people which is why people made sure they reelected him, e.j. >> there are two things, one is just as you say, the turnout was extraordinary. and you had a real test in this solution. yes, president obama was well-funded, but you had enormous sums on the other side trying to beat him. in democracy, showing no matter how poor you are, your vote counts equally
controversial comments about slavery and dr. martin luther king. he's here tonight live. you definitely don't want to miss this. >>> plusz, coly, colin powell st needs to be said. pushl push. >> there's also a dark -- a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. what do i mean by that? what i mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities. >> but an ugly gop backlash is already under way. president obama skacalls out so deadbeat republicans who don't want to pay the nation's bills. a big fight is brewing, but the gop is cracking up. you're watching "politics nation" on msnbc. [ female announcer ] want younger looking eyes that say wow with olay, here's how. new regenerist eye and lash duo the cream smooths the look of lids... softens the look of lines. the serum instantly thickens the look of lashes. see wow!... eyes in just one week with olay. ♪ [ male announcer ] this is karen and jeremiah. they don't know it yet, but they're gonna fall in love, get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where
, on what would be martin luther king's 84th birthday, we're a nation still working on a dream. the right wing responds to the tolerance comment. >>> and what does miracle on the hudson hero captain sully sullenberger have to do with arizona governor jan brewer? there's a connection. we'll explain it ahead. you're watching "politicsnation" on the place for politics, msnbc. ♪ [ male announcer ] here's a word that could give you peace of mind. unbiased. some brokerage firms are. but way too many aren't. some of the ones that push mutual funds with their names on them -- aren't. why? because selling their funds makes them more money. which makes you wonder -- isn't that a conflict? am i in the best fund for me, or them? search "proprietary mutual funds". yikes, it's best for them. then go to e-trade. we've got over 8,000 mutual funds and not one of them has our name on it. why? because that's not the business we're in. we're in the business of finding the right investments for you. e-trade. less for us. more for you. >>> have you joined the "politicsnation" conversation on facebook yet? we
for your time and your good work. >> thank you. >> still ahead, honoring martin luther king, jr. a powerful statement from the president for his second inauguration. but, first, we dug up the real gop party platform. if president obama is for it, they're against it. their platform on full display again today. stay with us. i describe myself as a mother, a writer and a performer. i'm also a survivor of ovarian and uterine cancers. i even wrote a play about that. my symptoms were a pain in my abdomen and periods that were heavier and longer than usual for me. if you have symptoms that last two weeks or longer, be brave, go to the doctor. ovarian and uterine cancers are gynecologic cancers. symptoms are not the same for everyone. i got sick...and then i got better. at legalzoom, we've created a better place to handle your legal needs. maybe you have questions about incorporating a business you'd like to start. or questions about protecting your family with a will or living trust. and you'd like to find the right attorney to help guide you along, answer any questions and offer advice. with an "
that there will be a vote on tuesday, the 5th which is martin luther king's birthday. we hope our congress will take that day to show leadership and compassion. we understand it will be broken into two votes, the house republican leadership is putting up about a $17 billion version. and then we have the original $60 billion total passed by the senate which will also be considered. >> 50 billion, the remainder there. how have you been able to pay for the bills in between. you have not stopped recovery efforts. >> we are already $10 million deep into funding for recovery and rebuilding efforts. we are using the credit cards. that is exactly what many shore communities are doing. we can't wait for lack of leadership in washington. the summer season is our bread and butter and we really have to get things going now in order to be prepared for the coming season. >> when do you hit your credit line? how much longer can you survive? >> well, we are going to continue to move forward and we will survive and get this done. >> a month? two months? >> i think we are in better shape than that with $10 million th
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second oath of office. we honor dr. martin luther king day, as well. president obama is a reflection of the accomplishments of this civil rights leader. there he is. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. >>> we, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths, that all of us are created equal, is the star that guides us still. just as it guided our fore bearers through seneca falls and selma and stonewall, just as it guided all of those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great mall to hear a preacher safe that we cannot walk along. to hear a king proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on earth. >>> welcome back to "hardball," today, the president made subtle but clear note of the remarkable con influence that put the second inauguration of our first african american on the same day as the federal holiday marking dr. martin luther king's birthday. joining me now, the msnbc contributor, eugene robinson and author of barack obama, the story. let's start with you, david. and there's your
special monday celebrating president obama's inauguration on this martin luther kij er kt holiday. >>> hundreds of thousand ans pour into the capital for festivities. we'll have details on a situation in kabul. >>> the latest on barbara walters' hospitalization. super bowl xlvii pits brother versus brother and then man versus shark. good morning to see you. in a few hours, president obama will take the oath of office for the second time in 24 hours before laying out his agenda for the next four years. just before noon sunday, supreme court chief justice john roberts administered the oath of office as required by law on the 20th of january. take a listen. >> please raise your right hand. >>> i about a rack hussein obama swear that will faithfully execute the office of the president of the united states and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> thank you, mr. chief justice. thank you so much. thank you, sweetie. thank you. >> i did it. all right. thank you, everybody. >>
. martin luther king. president obama will be sworn in with two bibles, one owned by martin luther king jr. and the other by abraham lincoln. the president and his family will attend a private prayer service at st. john's church across the street from the white house. at 10:00, the president heads to the white house to have coffee with congressional leaders. then at 11:55 a.m., the main vent. president obama will take the oath of office with the help of chief justice john roberts. today is expected to take on a less than euphoric tone of four years ago yet they're still going to hit on familiar themes like overcoming the bitter political divide in washington. senior obama adviser offered this preview. >> i think it's going to be a hopeful speech. i'll let the president speak for himself, obviously. but what he's going to do is i think remind the country that our founding principles and values still can guide us in a changing and modern world. he's going to talk about the fact that our political system doesn't require us to settle all of our differences. but it doesn't compel us to act wher
to honor the reverend martin luther king jr. on january the 19th, gun rights activists have announced that they will mark gun appreciation day two days before the president's inauguration. urging gun owners to turn out en masse at gun vendors with signs reading, hands off my guns. their latest contribution to curbing gun violence in america. let's get right to our panel. here in new york is msnbc contributor joy reid, who is also the managing editor of thegrio.com and in washington larry ward of gun appreciation day. mr. ward, can i begin with you? >> of course. >> you've said that the president wants to gut the second amendment. what specifically has this president done during his first four years in office to undermine your gun rights? what has he done? >> well, absolutely nothing. >> thank you. >> and the truth is he had to run for re-election, but what he said was -- and i believe joe biden guaranteed that they would pass sweeping gun control legislation by the end of the month. >> but, in fact, as you know, he promised when campaigning in 2008 to reinstate the 1994 ban on assault
of rhetoric. >> let me say this. this is the anniversary year of the march on washington, dr. martin luther king, who his holiday will be on monday when the president is inaugurated. in the famous speech he made, i have a dream, he referred to a governor whose lips drifts with the words of interposition and nullification. that is the words that we're hearing dripping from lips today. interposition and nullification. maybe when they said the president was trying to be a king, maybe they were talking about martin luther king. toure, david, thanks for your time tonight. and be sure to catch toure on "the cycle." >>> coming up, it's day 2 of the big gop unity retreat. a time for change. new blood. but why in the world are republicans asking paul ryan for advice on beating president obama? >>> and as the president surges in this second term, we have news tonight about the birther movement. and it might surprise you. >>> plus, 50 years since civil rights leader medgar evers was murdered. his legacy is living on through his wife. and i counted the civil rights movement. evers has a big moment at t
honoring the birthday of dr. martin luther king jr. today on that holiday swearing in the nation's first african-american president, not for the first time, but for the second time, it marks a different kind of milestone. because in winning hi second term, let it be known that this was not a fluke. our country did not just pick our first black president by luck because he was just the democratic who happened to benefit from a national recoil and backlash against what was widely viewed as a rather disastrous republican presidency that preceded him. the country did not just choose barack hussein obama to be president. the country chose barack hussein obama to be president twice. we picked him again a second time after watching him in action for four years, and then having a very good chance to pick a new guy instead. this will never happen again. barack obama will never run for office again. and we do not know who will succeed him as president in four years. but the honoring of the office of presidency today, again, entrusted to him, will forever be a day writ large, writ large by us by ou
appreciation day has is set the same weekend as we celebrate martin luther king jr., who was gunned down by an assassin's bullet. keep it locked in here. you are watching msnbc, the place for politics. and completely reimagined it? ...with best-in-class combined mpg... and more interior room than corolla and civic? ...and a technology suite with bluetooth, navigation and other handy stuff? yeah, that would be cool. introducing the all-new nissan sentra. it's our most innovative sentra ever. nissan. innovation that excites. now get a $169-per-month lease on a 2013 nissan sentra. ♪ gives you 1% cash back on all purchases, plus a 50% annual bonus. and everyone but her likes 50% more cash, but i have an idea. do you want a princess dress? yes. cupcakes? yes. do you want an etch-a-sketch? yes! do you want 50% more cash? no. you got talent. [ male announcer ] the capital one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on every purchase plus a 50% annual bonus on the cash you earn. it's the card for people who like more cash. what's in your wallet? i usually say that. the truth about mascara is.
is pushing a national gun appreciation day. it's on the weekend before martin luther king day. ward claims this is the first gun appreciation day. but we found gun appreciation days dating back to 1995. this was the year the oklahoma city, right after congress passed the assault weapons ban. by the way, that's convicted felon g. gordon liddy at the podium. remember, he told people to, quote, go for a head shot if the atf agents came to take their guns. his brand of crazy is alive and well. >> they want to pick on the bastard child of the bill of rights which is the second amendment, and it's not going to happen, not on my watch. >> obama operatives in the congress have introduced more than ten bills that would end the second amendment as we know it. >> they don't need much to take advantage of a tragedy to further their political goals. >> i can't do this. and it's just endless. >> this is just total absolute tyranny. >> if you don't belong in the nra, you need to get on the phone and use your credit card and become a member within the next 24 hours. you're going have to go in the nra, whe
. reverend martin luther king, jr., who also has a new memorial here in town. thousands of people have gone through this tent today on the national mall for this national day of service. about a hundred or so national or local organizations, signing people up to go back home and donate their time and maybe even some money to good causes all around the country. today we expect anywhere from a quarter million to 300,000 folks to take part in festivities all across the country in national day, and they're very excited. this is a family event for a lot of folks. they want their young people to get involved and build a new spirit of giving back to other people, craig. that's what this weekend's all about. >> ron mott there from the national day of service. we'll come back to you later with the latest on the inaugural prep, as well. thank you, sir. >>> as the president prepares for his big day, he is still spending the weekend pushing one of his top agenda items. changing gun laws in this country. in his weekly radio address, president obama urging people to call their lawmakers. >> ask your memb
presidential inauguration. tomorrow's public ceremony holds the fitting honor of taking place on martin luther king jr. day at 11:5 eastern, america's first african-american president will take the oath of office and usher in his second term. joining me now is u.s. congressman and civil rights legend john lewis. representative lewis, so glad to have you here on this momentous day. thanks for joining us. >> thank you for having me today. >> well, when you think back on all the years of struggle, the lives lost, the blood shed, what does it mean to you to see the nation's fist african-american president take the oath of office for a second time? >> well, it mean ags great deal to me and to our nation. it is almost unreal, almost unbelievable through all of the struggle, through all of the suffering and pain, through the beatings, duress, to jailing, it is historic. as president lyndon johnson said almost 48 years ago when he spoke to the congress, he said it's like history and faith coming together. he was talking about the need to pass a voting rights act. just think, less than 50 years ago man
, martin luther king jr. we will pause to remember dr. king's birthday and i'd like to bring in andrew young the third, former civil rights leader and ambassador andrew young. good to see you, sir. >> hey, craig, how are you doing? >> great. your father is a long time friend and confidant of reverend king. what have you learned from your father, and also, his generation as well? >> you know, i think that it is very important that we as americans today give each other a faith-saving way out, and that is one thing that my father was adamant about throughout his life is that when you have an opponent and have indifferences about a subject, that you give your opponent a way out. to keep his dignity and that is how you create change, and that is what dr. king and my father and dr. lowrie and others did during the civil rights movement when they were fighting bigotry. and unfortunately, that is what the president obama is going to to have to learn to do with the go gop. >> what are your thoughts as we get ready to see president obama sworn in for a second time tomorrow? >> i think that it's
inauguration fell on the martin luther king jr. holiday. after being sworn in, president obama paused for a moment of reflection in front of a bust of the civil rights leader at the capitol rotunda. he was joined by the first lady and congressional leaders. >>> but the president wasn't the only one in the spotlight on monday. first daughters malia and sasha obama had quite a few scene-stealing moments of their own. the normally reserved malia let loose a little bit, busting out dance moves for her mom before the swearing-in. and 11-year-old sasha created an instant viral video, yawning during her dad's presidential address right after a line about education policy. the girls also used their phones to take lots of photos of their family during the event. and at one point malia even photobombed her younger sister. yeah, sisters do that to each other. >>> before leaving the inaugural platform as the center of attention for the very last time, president obama had the presence of mind to stop and take in the moment. >> one more time. i'm not going to see this again. >> great job. ♪ >>> m
the inauguration happened on martin luther king day. snl manage how dr. king would react to the president's speech. let's just say, there's a lot of focus on beyonce. we'll have that, of course, and a check on weather when "way too early" comes back. >>> the challenger with a school teacher and six regular astronauts on board was consumed by a giant fireball explosion less than 2:00 after it was launched at 11:38 eastern time this morning. ever. nurses are dealing with a wider range of issues. and there are ever-changing regulations. when you see these challenges, do you want to back away or take charge? with a degree in the field of healthcare or nursing from capella university, you'll have the knowledge to advance your career while making a difference in the lives of patients. let's get started at capella.edu. >>> 5:43 a.m. eastern time. that is the capitol. bill karins told me it's supposed to be snowing in d.c. >> hard to see. >> hard to see. small snow. really, really small or big picture. >> let's go over and get a check on the weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. somewhat balmy. >> n
claiming that they are the martin luther kings in this civil rights fight. >> if a lot of african-americans back in the '60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, do you think they would have needed selma? if john lewis had had a gun, would he have been beat upside the head on the bridge? >> i have to tell you -- >> karen, listen, this is disgusting. first of all, it's not original -- >> rush is now -- it sounds like he's trying to be a member of the black panthers. this is ridiculous. >> well, there's that irony as well. but it's not original. he's taking it from the comments from the other right wing nut job who was talking about if slaves had guns. first of all, there are plenty of shotgun owners during the civil rights era, but to reduce john lewis' service to this country and the civil rights movement and the black experience and the overall american experience in this country to him getting beat upside the head is disgusting and offensive. this is a man who served his country through civil rights and through service in the congress. to reduce his life to
defending and loyal to the second amendment are not the bull connors, you're the martin luther kings. you're the people matching at selma. you're having your civil rights denied. >> the government doesn't have a role in contraception. government does have a role in protecting your civil rights. especially today, on martin luther king day. >> i think martin luther king would agree with me if he were alive today that if african americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country's founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history. >> two misquote leaders and figures that fought for freedom and inequality is dishonest. to misuse them is disgraceful. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> hillary kicks butt. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. secretary of state hillary clinton was at her best today appearing between both senate and house committees on foreign affairs. she showed acuity, humility, and charm. she showed candor and humi
ceremony on martin luther king employing bibles by martin luther king and president lincoln. an address down the mall toward lincoln's memorial where dr. king gave his most famous speech. to spell out the country his vision for the next four years. it is america's quadrennial celebration of the office of the presidency, the orderly transition of power, the luminaries, the singers, the salutes, the speech, the pomp, the circumstance, the second inauguration of president barack obama starts right now. >>> welcome to washington. it is chilly but frankly bearable outside as the country prepares to celebrate the peaceful maintenance of power, the transferns of power from the first term administration of president barack obama to his second term administration. the president was officially sworn in by chief justice john roberts yesterday at the blue room at the white house as the first lady and the obama daughters looked on. but in the little less than two hours the president will affirm that oath before a much larger crowd with 100% more pomp and an equal proportion of circumstance. we have
of the washington mall to hear reverend martin luther king jr. deliver his "i have a dream" speech. to join me to reflect on it is elizabeth alexander, professor of african-american studies at yale university. it's lovely to have you hear. >> it's great to be with you. >> we have been talking politics. i feel like one of the things the president suggested at the first inauguration was to bring a certain arts and cultural insensitivity and expression to his presidency. as you have watched the first term, what has it felt like to you as it occur snd. >> it's been thrilling. the inauguration was a template. different poetry, aretha franklin. the diversity of forms in which american excellence expresses itself. we have seen the wonderful concerts they have done at the white house. the paul simon singing stevie wonder songs, tony bennett singing stevie wonder. poetry, all these programs televised for everyone to see. the best kind of family viewing saying families should gather together and receive the arts as a gift, if you will. we have seen the arts initiative that recognizes in schools that exc
. and those are the people that are arming up. this idea of gun appreciation day on martin luther king jr. day, how -- then you go to rush limbaugh and his little clever and adorable attacks on the children of the president of the united states. the president of the united states is at constant risk from people with guns, the people that have been killed an assassinated in this country by guns and we protect that. people don't just want to own a gun for protection, but who want the right to take up arms against their own government. they're never going to get middle american, they're always going to be fringe and they're going to lose this debate. >> thank you for joining us, i appreciate it. >>> a notre dame football star may soon explain how his inspiring story of overcoming tragedy is actually that have a hoax. manti te'o says he met a woman online that then became his girlfriend, but then she suddenly died. turns out the woman known only as land they kukkea never existed. he was 80% sure that manti te'o was in on it and that the two, together perpetrated this fake girlfriend's death with p
how important this day was, martin luther king jr. day, a federal holiday which was controversial, at the time. mlk in spirit is a more controversial hero. obama rooted his appeals to traditional values, although they involve new advances and sacrifices, he put it in that form. also, briefly, what johnathan said, such an important point. there were four words in this inaugural that didn't appear in the 2009 inaugural, gay, medicare, medicaid, social security, both on the issue of rights and the issue of supporting each other. not as a broad, gauzy principle, but in the specific debates we're also having in this country, about whether or not we can afford to take care of each other and afford to make good on the commitments we have made to the elderly, the veterans, also to our fellow man. >> this is the day for that. >> it was all in there. it was all in there, and i think that is why it moved, as you said, lawrence, moved people from all walks of life. >> krystal, thank you for dressing up. you actually went to a ball. >> yes, i did. >> johnathan, i couldn't be more disappointed.
. and not just get in these long unending debates. martin luther king used to call it the paralysis of analysis. >> we may will be coming to the end of one. with medicare and social security and medicaid. what was so striking about the speech yesterday was that obama -- the lack of an olive branch to republicans that we've heard from him before. when you talk about the summer of 2011, he was talking openly about willing potentially to have a deal that included some modifications to medicare. there was talk of raising the medicare eligibility age would be on the table. didn't hear anything about that yesterday. and it raises the question of has he now reached a point where no, i'm not going to cut a deal like that anymore with republicans. that's the past. >> krystal, steve, thank you for your time tonight. >> thanks, reverend. >> be sure to catch krystal and steve on "the cycle" right here on msnbc. >>> ahead, 40 years after roe versus wade, abortion rights are under assault in the states. that's next. >>> they're the best political duo going. obama/biden. what's next for them? >>> and everyone
, martin luther king jr. said the same thing, using different words. instead of collective action he said "we cannot walk alone." in his "i have a dream" speech, the reverend martin luther king jr. said many of our white brothers as evidenced by their presence here today have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny, that their freedom is bound to our freedom. we can't walk alone. of course, conservatives never much liked dr. king. but conservatives claim an enduring devotion to our founding documents, the declaration of independence, the constitution, even though they have always had trouble believing those founding documents really apply to everyone. so of course, conservatives just hated this. >> we, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths, that all of us are created equal. is the star that guides us still, just as it guided our forebears through seneca falls and stonewall, just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great mall, to hear a preacher say we can't walk alone. to hear a king proclaim that
in the civil rights movement when i was in my teens and 20s. i met dr. martin luther king jr. i was doing a play called fly black bird about the civil rights movement. i was a young student activist in that musical. and we sang at a civil rights rally where dr. king spoke. and after that -- rally we had a private meeting with dr. king, and i'll never forget that moment when i shook his hand. we are working on this altogether, whether it is civil rights for african-americans, or equality for women or equality for the lgbt community. >> we're out of time, i learn something amazing about george takei, he met dr. martin luther king jr., thank you for telling us that story. you get tonight's last word. thank you, george. >>> hillary kicks butt. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. secretary of state hillary clinton was at her best today appearing between both senate and house committees on foreign affairs. she showed acuity, humility, and charm. she showed candor and humility in place of the state department handling of
to honor the legacy of dr. martin luther king, jr., by volunteering in their own communities. right now, nearly 100 nonprofit organizations are holding a service fair on the national mall. one of them is points of light, an organization that aims to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. with me today is deloris morton, she is part of the points of light program -- in fact, she is president of the points of light programs division. thank you for being here. >> thank you for having us. >> and you're a louisianan. >> i am. bayou girl. >> which i love. tell me a little bit about the fundamental philosophy that is points of light. >> points of light is the world's largest organization that's dedicated to volunteer service. all over the country today and throughout the year, we engage millions of people in volunteer service with an opportunity to first experience service, knowing that it can be transformational. it's not just about what you give to somebody else but what you get yourself. >> let's talking about the transformational part. sometimes when we t
have been dr. martin luther king jr.'s 84th birthday. a wreath is laid in observance. leaders used the message of nonviolence to press for tighting gun control. >> today's actually the 84th birthday of the reverend dr. martin luther king jr. i don't know about you but i miss his words on days like today. >> we stand before you an we stand alongside one another as we make our solemn pledge to be faithful as we was faithful so that we may by your spirit lead your people on the path of peace. art and completely reimagined it? ...with best-in-class combined mpg... and more interior room than corolla and civic? ...and a technology suite with bluetooth, navigation and other handy stuff? yeah, that would be cool. introducing the all-new nissan sentra. it's our most innovative sentra ever. nissan. innovation that excites. now get a $169-per-month lease on a 2013 nissan sentra. ♪ humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. at liberty mutual insurance, we understand. that's why our auto policies come with accident forgiveness if you
on inauguration day, president obama will take his oath of office on martin luther king's bible. of course, as you mentioned, also the martin luther king holiday and the president taking the oath of office on the other side of the mall where he delivered the "i have a dream" speech and symbolism certainly in that moment. so d.c. getting prepared. i can tell you just because we're not expecting as many people, the hotels here pulling out the stops. i went to one hotel, the jw marriott, they have the executive suites going for $40,000. >> whoa. >> reporter: so just because we're not expecting 1.8 million people doesn't mean it's not a huge celebration here in the city of d.c. toure? >> i hear you're going to all the balls. well played. thank you for that report. >> reporter: thank you. >>> i want to bring in nbc news presidential historian michael beshla. how are you? >> good. thank you. how are you? >> i think we can look at this as the launch and the state of the union sets the tone for what we want to do and the second term to have. what do you think about this inaugural address as this way of so
.com. >>> the inauguration comes on martin luther king day. 47 years since the death of doctor king. the first african-american president takes office for his second term. joining me in the studio, reverend jesse jackson, founder of the rainbow push coalition. a pleasure. >> thank you. >> thank you for being here. let's talk about dr. king and the perspective of what i said, 45 years since his death, but we have an african-american president for the second time taking office. give me your thautsds on that. >> there's immense pride in that. the fact is, for 244 years we were in slavery, the emancipation proclamation, jim crow, only free since 1966, from selma, alabama, really, to washington is quite a journey. the steps that he'll take the oath of office was built by ancestors who were enslaved, about 170 miles from jamestown, first landed in 1609. a lot ofs h s hahistory and loo across at the dr. king statue and lincoln memorial. the emancipation. a lot of stuff going down. i think dr. king, planning a poor people's campaign. beyond the issue of slavery, and segregation and the right to vote is access
a confederate general on martin luther king day. this is what we're dealing with. republicans still don't get it. this morning npr interviewed a gop official in texas who had this reaction to the inauguration. >> we never saw a birth certificate. we never met any of the professors who went to school with our president. >> the president's been inaugurated twice, but republicans are still sticking to this garbage. that's why the president was so tough in his address. he knows he'll need to fight past obstruction and ugliness and dirty tricks. that's why he said we the people. we must continue to fight. we had a great day yesterday. it was celebratory, but the celebration must lead to our further determination to fight until the battle for equality and fairness is won. not a good round or two. not a great celebration. but a victory for all of the american people. if you think i'm wrong, think about what they did in virginia. think about stonewall jackson on martin luther king day. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> obama land. let's play "hardball." ♪ ♪ >>> o
placed on two bibles. one was owned by abraham lincoln, the other by dr. martin luther king jr. >>> and a follow-up on jack liu's loopy signature. president obama took a moment to joke about it. >> i never noticed jack's signature. when this was highlighted yesterday in the press, i considered rescinding my offer to appoint him. jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible. >> and that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> and now for a look at the national weather, we turn to nbc meteorologist dillon drier. >> good morning, i kind of like the signature. >> it's an individual thing. let the man do what he does. >> good for him. it's plastered all over everything. >> it's unique. >> we're going to see a lot more rain through areas this time around in the great lakes. yesterday it was all about louisiana. they did pick up several inches of rain. we also had tornado warnings all the through the state yesterday morning. we are seeing that heavy rain moving up across the great lakes. michigan and ohio and chicago area and also indiana will be
been available to everyone in america at the time. let's listen to this mularkey. >> i think martin luther king would agree with me, if he were alive today, that if african-americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country's founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history. >> what a dumb, dumb nut. joy, you've got to respond. this is not a nut but a dumb nut. slaves didn't come to america as citizens, came in shackles, in the bottom of a ship somewhere if they were lucky to be alive when they got here. the idea they would be armed by anyone. he's obviously patternizing here, trying to act like he cares about the fate of black people and some sort of number he was playing here. who would believe this new larky. >> why is it that every time the far right makes an argument that's insane, they jump on the civil rights movement and slavery and try to latch their argument on to the history of african-americans. >> as if they give a damn or be up in front. >> you don't remember ted nugent standing in front of everyone in the civil r
to this malarkey. >> i think martin luther king would agree with me if he were alive today that if african-americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country's founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history. >> what a dumb, dumb nut. joy, you got to start on this. this is not only a nut, but a dumb nut. slaves didn't come to america as citizens. they came in shackles -- >> as property. >> -- in the bottom of a ship somewhere. they're lucky to be alive if they got here. the idea they would be armed by anyone -- you take it on. he's obviously patronizing, trying to act like he cares about the fate of black people. some sort of number he's playing here. who would believe this malarkey? >> and, chris, why is it every time the far right decides to make an argument that is insane, they jump on the civil rights movement or slavery and try to latch their argument onto the history of african-americans. >> yes, as if they would have given a damn. as if they would have been up at the front for the fight. >> exactly. >> you don't remember ted n
. it was not a popular piece of legislation. there is a wonderful phone conversation that lbj calls martin luther king and he said martin, i want you to find the worst place you can in the south where negro is the term then. a negro has to recite the constitution and can't get the vote. you find that place and you bring all your leaders down there and get people down there and you get that on television and you get that broadcast and i will shove this bill through. when the average guy and selma was the place. because the average american who is riding a tractor or living in the suburbs or living in a northern state will say wait a minute, it's not fair. he said the issue is not whether you are black or white, the issue is that everybody is equal. and that was very important. i think what obama is saying now it's not democratic or republican, let's make the country safer. >> thanks so much for joining us. up next, does a gun change the way you think? we'll examine that as the cycle rolls on. [ male announcer ] this is bob, a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male an
heartburn fast. ♪ oh what a relief it is! >>> this past monday, martin luther king day doubled as inauguration day. reportedly 1 million people formed a national crowd on the national mall. 55% of the crowd from 2009. still, the largest crowd ever for a second inaugural. at least one of the attendees was henry march. maybe there were others on hand, but this is a story about one henry marsh, a virginia state senator. one of 20 democrats in the virginia assembly. like wise, 20 republicans in the same body so, an even split until state senator marsh was absent on monday, attending the inauguration. thus, by a 20 to 19 vote, republicans passed a revised gerrymandered district map to go into effect on 2015, the year of the next state senate's election. they claim the map would create a majority black district. the 25th district, a democratic stronghold that includes my old backyard of charlottesville, virginia is one seat this plan could eliminate. given the republicans adjourned that session at 4:10 p.m. in memory of general stonewall jackson, i'm sure racial sensitivity wasn't hi
who had ordered a gun through the mail. and martin luther king jr., by somebody who got their gun the same way. in 1968, in terms of robert f. kennedy being killed, we passed the 1968 gun control act, which up to that point was the strictest gun control we had had. one thing it did was restrict getting it through the mail. when they say things like you have to protect guns in your home against somebody mentally ill, that is an incentive to do the sane and obvious thing, and restrictions on gun dealers, not to sell ammunition over the internet, the way that the shooter in aurora bought their ammunition. >> so by their logic, right, i mean, it is really disgusting. so by their logic, are they saying schools are also drug-free zones, so basically we should let junkies come up and shoot up in the school yard? if we get through gun-free zones, drug-free -- the logic is ridiculous. it shows they're losing support, all the polls show it within their movement, outside their movement, and they know it is a death knell to fight this, the parents, the victims, the people who survived this gu
of martin luther king and robert kennedy. 23 executive actions now signed and are called for a new law that would include universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high-can pa -- high-capacity ammunitions. it's a chance for all americans to come together. already, we're hearing the same old hysterical voices on the right. senator marco rubio saying the president is abusing his power. the governor of mississippi claiming the president is anti-constitutional and vowing to pass a state law overriding the white house. rush limbaugh, accusing the president of using kids as human shields. but the lowest of the low was that video put out by the nra. dragging the president's children into the debate. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? and why is he skeptble about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are prikted by armed guards at their school? >> the nra really can't understand why the president's children received protection? the white house called that video repugnant and cowardly. the nra just doesn't understand how the tragedy at sandy
of 1968 that gave him that power was passed in the wake of robert kennedy and martin luther king. and it is what gave george h.w. bush to take that executive action that he took banning some rifles. in 1989, two months after that schoolyard massacri in stockton, california. years later, president clinton followed in his footsteps. president clinton, in 1998, took executive action as president to ban the importation of more than 50 different kinds of semiautomatic assault weapons. and it was in addition to the assault weapons ban. this was further action taken by the president alone in 1998. he took executive action to ban the importation of certain kinds of guns. today, president obama became yet another modern president to use his executive authority for reform of gun-related laws. president obama did not use his authority as his predecessors did. and i mean that in this sense. none of the executive actions that president obama did today have anything to do with banning specific weapons, banning the importation of spefblg weapons the way that previous presidents did. what distin
and martin luther king jr.'s traveling bible. "the cycle"'s friend says i think that's amazingly american. from one hot button topic to another, house republicans and the push to defund planted parenthood. two bills are in congress. didn't we handle this already? ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] some day, your life will flash before your eyes. ♪ make it worth watching. ♪ the new 2013 lexus ls. an entirely new pursuit. >>> while officially members of congress have been telling us for months that the number one priority is jobs and the economy, the first days of the 2013 congress, two representatives from tennessee seem most focused on planned parenthood. the republican women each reintroduced separate bills to prohibit title x family planning grants to any organization performing boergss. title x family planning is only one for family planning and related health services and it was enacted under nixon. title x programs work with more than 5 million people through 4,500 clinics in the u.s. and especially important in helping low-income families. that's the intent. now a bill to defund pla
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